Bills have five players under contract who were on team before Sean McDermott arrived

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The Bills hired head coach Sean McDermott early in 2017 and General Manager Brandon Beane came to the team a short time later to kick off a period of roster overhaul that’s left them with just a handful of players who were on the team in 2016.

Tight end Charles Clay was released last week, which means that the team has five players from before McDermott’s time under contract for the 2019 season.

Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander and long snapper Reid Ferguson both signed new deals with the team recently. Running back LeSean McCoy, defensive end Jerry Hughes and defensive end Shaq Lawson are in the final years of their contracts, although the Bills could exercise their option for a fifth year on Lawson’s rookie deal.

The Bills have three other players who were with the team in 2016 headed for free agency in offensive linemen Ryan Groy, Jordan Mills and John Miller. If any of them return, the Bills would have further links to the pre-McDermott days but the trend of the last two years suggests they’ll be looking in different directions.

15 responses to “Bills have five players under contract who were on team before Sean McDermott arrived

  1. It’s called rebuilding. The number, five, seems small until you realize that the previous rosters couldn’t get close to the playoffs. The “new” team looks like a good foundation; solid on defense, promising at the most important position, lots of draft choices and cap space.

  2. Not sure LeSean McCoy will make the roster opening day at current salary. $6.4 mil in cap savings and only $2.5 mil in dead money. Restructure or will be cut is my guess.

  3. Doug Whaley was great at finding players, but horrible with QB’s. You can’t win without a good QB, but they didn’t need to get rid of all those good players. Now they finally have an elite franchise QB, and next year will be his second year. Regardless, the Bills could make some noise this year, and be serious super bowl contenders by next year. Josh Allen can carry a team.

  4. All 3 OL should go, Groy was an absolute joke, Mills and Miller just couldn’t win the line of scrimmage. Shady can still get it done, last year he had too much of an off the field distraction, he would be wise to re structure to lower his hit ( maybe add incentives).

  5. As a 57 year old, life long Bills fans I would not call Allen…” they finally have an elite franchise QB”. Yet.

  6. Whaley did a good job at finding FA castaways. He didn’t do so well in the draft or in contract negotiations. With the amount of caps pace the Bills have they should take a run at Trent Brow OT, Paradis C, Tyrell William WR, and/or Adam Humphries. If they could land two of these guys then you are looking at a draft that could turn this team into a SB contender next year. That’s if Allen continues to progress. Pick up a young RB in the draft that is similar to McCoy and let him learn. TE is also a need.

  7. charliecharger says:
    February 18, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    they finally have an elite franchise QB
    We’re talking about the Bills, right?

  8. Beane and McDermott need to have a strong offseason to keep their jobs. Plenty of cap space and all their draft picks. Plus a QB needy team could trade up to the Bills 9th pick. You can’t argue with what McDermott has done on defense since arriving in Buffalo

  9. Now that the Bills have an elite QB, the building of a playoff caliber roster becomes somewhat easier.

  10. Edmunds. Also signed Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer in free agency one of the best safety tandems in the NFL

  11. “Tremaine Edmunds is a player, not sure about all the other moves”


    Huh?!!! Tre White? Matt Milano? Dion Dawkins? Robert Foster? Micah Hyde? Jordan Poyer?

  12. Funny all the talk about Whaley being the worst and the new regime having it all figured out. Whaley may not have been great, but the teams he built were better than what the current regime has put out there to date. They certainly have a chance to be better now, but they haven’t proven to be yet. Even the playoff team, by the numbers, the teams from the previous few years were better. Wrecks Ryan was the biggest problem. Whaley didn’t hire Wrecks. The teams were talented, though. In hindsight, that offense had huge potential if it could have had a quality passer and a bright offensive mind. And before Wreck ruined it, the D was top notch. Wasted opportunity and wasted competitive window…

    The team also wasn’t in big cap trouble. They became strapped when the current regime decided to unload most of the roster and push all the big contracts dead money to the forefront. You can fairly argue they weren’t great signings, but they were talented players and could have been built around. Not saying current leadership made the wrong choice, but they don’t get a pass for being handed an absolute mess. They chose to make it a temporary mess. If it works, they get all the credit. However, if it doesn’t, they don’t get to sidestep the blame.

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